The next CERT training class begins Tuesday, September 10 and will continue on the following six Tuesday evenings.
The training will be held at the Boy Scouts of America District Office, 800 Ellinwood Way, Pleasant Hill. Classes begin at 6 p.m. and end at 9:30 p.m. The course emphasizes preparing yourself, your family, and your residence for a major emergency, and includes post-emergency training for first aid, suppressing small fires, searching lightly damaged buildings and dealing with the psychological impact of a disaster.
A practical exercise finishes the course on Saturday, October 26, 8 a.m. to noon.
Emergency Planning experts predict that residents may be without utilities and basic community emergency services for a week following a major earthquake. CERT training promotes a partnering effort between emergency services and the people they serve. The goal is to train members of neighborhoods and community organizations in basic emergency skills to become better prepared and to assist their families and neighbors following a disaster.
CERT training will include seven 3-hour classes, one night per week, over a 7-week period.
Subjects you will be taught include:
Disaster Preparedness and Terrorism
Disaster Medical Operations
Light Search & Rescue
CERT Organization and Disaster Psychology
Simulated Disaster Exercise
For more information, contact Lieutenant Dave Nichols at the Pleasant Hill Police Department at (925) 288-4630.